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The Cambridge Majlis is a forum to facilitate cultural activities and political discussion in relation to the South Asian region. With regards to this, we host weekly topical debates, invite prominent speakers and organise social events.
Founded in 1891 by students at Cambridge University from the Indian subcontinent, the Majlis comprised of names like Sri Aurobindo and Subhas Chandra Bose who would go on to achieve major significance in South Asian political life. During the Raj, the Majlis was instrumental to the anti-colonial cause, hosting a wide range of prominent speakers including Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mahatma Gandhi. After partition, geopolitical divisions in the subcontinent permeated South Asian student communities at Oxbridge and eventually rendered the Majlis dormant at both universities.
Given its integral position in the story of Cambridge students from the subcontinent, we feel it is our collective ancestral obligation that the society is revived and restored. Just as it once was, the Majlis will be a non-partisan association open to all and free from national or religious bias. Within the University, there is a scarcity of space for serious contemplation of socio-political and economic issues in the region and the Majlis fills this vacuum by encouraging civilised debate. In doing this, we hope to celebrate our shared cultural affinities and honour the traditions that our forefathers have struggled to make free.
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